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All right, that's fair.
I'm rooting for Dortmund to win the CL this year, as they play great attacking and counterattacking football. I don't really care that much about "pretty" football, I'm more a results oriented guy. I dislike Barca not because they win, but because of how all the commentators act, their bandwagon hopping fans, and their refusal to play more than one style.
Personally, I prefer great defensive/counterattacking football to pretty passing. Zidane's France team wasn't the best attacking side in the world, but they were amazing defensively, and when you added in Zidane and Henry's sparks, it was what you needed. Trezeguet was overrated. :P
Do you remember that great CL SF tie that Chelsea lost (were robbed by UEFA) to Barca? It's Chelsea's fault for not attempting to really score goals, but when you have four really good penalty claims and the ref looks to have been paid off by UEFA, what can you do? That was probably the best tie, even though we lost, that I'd ever seen. The best defensive team in the world against the best offensive team and it was sparkling with great displays of offense and defense from both sides. It ended up being quite ironic that we lost to Barca in the SFs when we were arguably the better side, but won when we were the far inferior team.
How I wish that we still had that Chelsea side, because we'd probably beat everyone in Europe at the moment.
Off course only one is my main club (santos) but I also support Coritiba and Atletico Paranaense which are rivals btw. I support these two mainly because they are from my state.
In europe I support Chelsea, Porto and Barça.
But my favorite clubs in all of the world are Porto and Santos.
Okay, that's fair, I guess.
Maybe I'm more attached to the American viewpoint of having one favorite team, although there are teams that you like to see do well, but they're not teams you actively support.
So, Banana, in terms of the Chelsea vs Barca CL SF last season, where did you stand?
But I think an important component of sports fandom here is the local/regional thing. We have DC United close, but I dislike rooting for DC teams and regardless of how I feel about a team, I just won't have the same attachment to them unless they're local.
Yeah, it would really mean that the fans might not be able to see their team in action, and while it's really fun for teams in smaller countries to be able to see Euro matches, I don't like it at all. As you said, there could be a silver lining somewhere that we haven't heard about yet, but from what I know so far, it sounds terrible.
Yeah, I can agree with that. For me, the Patriots and the Yankees are the nearest sports teams for me. The nearest MLS teams would be the Revolution or the Red Bulls, but as I said above, I couldn't give two shits either way about the MLS.
That's quite an elitist view you have about the MLS. Surely you see the merits in supporting football in the US?
If MLS changed and actually gave a full-fledged acknowledgement to the pyramid system, as well as promotion/relegation with MLS then it's something I could see myself caring more about. But since the league insists on operating the way every other sports league here does, it just doesn't seem legit at all.
That being said, I guess it's baby-steps, if that's what they're working towards. Beckham coming here has done a lot for attendance, more teams have been added, many soccer-specific stadiums have been built in comparisons to where the league was before he signed with the Galaxy. You're competing for airtime here though, and it'll be a difficult task for the league to maintain the media attention it got without him playing in the league anymore.
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But because of this insistence, it just doesn't seem like a genuine product. That and the fact that more of the teams aren't independently owned. But they're working on that.
Some of the independent league teams have joined the MLS though, such as Seattle and Portland, but overall, as Gary said, there's still no real change and no real future for the MLS.
Football in the US is never going to really hit it off, especially as it has to compete against the four major sports in the US. I think ESPN posted some report saying that there was only a tiny viewership for the Euros, and even though they show all of the matches, they're just not that popular. Barely anyone watches the Saturday/Sunday morning kickoff Premier League match, except for the hardcore fans such as myself.
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I don't really know the ratings on the Euros, but I do think my TV market had the highest rating. The World Cup is pretty popular, the UEFA CL Final is advertised a ton, and last year networks competed over rights to the El Clasico. MLS is entirely ESPN though, unless you live in a market with a team. The key to any sport being popular is it being on broadcast TV and that isn't happening just yet.
Maybe we're just spoiled by watching better leagues, I don't know. It's strange, but because there's no visible professional presence in the country, the best athletes aren't playing the game. There's really no reason why an American Soccer league couldn't be the among the best, most competitive leagues in the world. Right now, what is it? Is it even in the top 10 in that regard? Maybe just barely...
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